Erik Lamela capped a positive second half performance with a goal, but Juventus goalkeeper Neto refused to be beaten late on as the Italian giants ran out 2-1 winners in our first International Champions Cup match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia on Tuesday (July 26).
With a particularly young back four, we found it tough going in the opening exchanges and went two goals down inside 14 minutes as both Paulo Dybala and Medhi Benatia capitalised on defensive errors to beat Michel Vorm in goal.
We made a host of changes at the break and Lamela - who, along with new signing Victor Wanyama, really caught the eye - deservedly reduced the arrears midway through the second half.
Lamela and fellow substitute Shayon Harrison were then denied by Neto in the closing stages, with the Serie A side forced to hold on for the victory.
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